Paul Heyman was interviewed by Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, where he spoke at length about his relationship with Roman Reigns. Heyman describes it as a truly special partnership that helps everyone on the WWE roster become relevant as they orbit around Reigns’ star power:
“With all humility aside, this is the biggest move WWE could make with its talent at the moment. We have the tenured, still-young, just-hitting-his-prime WrestleMania main-eventer, the undisputed No. 1 star in WWE, and he’d been off for seven months. Didn’t even appear at this year’s WrestleMania. Now he’s ready to come back, and he returns with someone that has been on top and been associated with top acts for 30 years. However you define me, whether it’s as a manager, an advocate, a supporting mouthpiece, and now special counsel to the tribal chief, I have been with more WWE and universal champions than anyone. And now these two acts are together for the first time.”
“Roman Reigns coming back to WWE gives everyone on the roster an opportunity to redefine themselves. They now inhabit what I refer to as ‘The Island of Relevancy.’ Roman Reigns is the headliner, which instantly makes everyone relevant. He is the single biggest superstar of the past decade and remains that today. Everyone gets a chance to redefine themselves in the orbit of the tribal chief, the centerpiece of WWE.”
Heyman still has a way with words, that’s for sure. You can expect to hear more superlatives like this from Paul going forward on SmackDown while he serves as Reigns’ special counsel.
But what about Heyman’s longtime client, Brock Lesnar? Is Lesnar cool with Heyman heaping such praise upon another individual? Brock knows what Paul is up to, and it doesn’t sound like he has a problem with it:
“Brock Lesnar is very aware that I am working with Roman Reigns. There shouldn’t be any confusion here. Brock Lesnar legitimately does whatever Brock Lesnar wants to do. There is no shortage of box-office appeal in the name Brock Lesnar. If and when Brock Lesnar wants to capitalize on that box office appeal, his name will be ringing from the headlines the moment he decides to return to the ring.”
It’s clear that Paul Heyman is still quite capable of advocating for Brock Lesnar, even as he worships the ground that Roman Reigns walks on.
Do you agree with Heyman that Reigns’ return to WWE increases the relevancy of every single wrestler on the roster?